Mamedyarov leads in the Essent Hoogeveen tournament

10/17/2007 – The 11th edition of the Essent Chess Tournament is taking place from October 12 to 20, 2007 in the city of Hoogeveen, Netherland. There are several competitions: an Amateur Tournament, a youth event, a strong Open, and the Crown Group. This double round robin has four players with an Elo average of 2670. Special feature: the participants have to play with glass pieces.

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Essent Chess Tournament 2007

The Crown Group consists of four players, who take part in a double round robin tournament. Here are the participants with their ratings and world rankings:

Player Country
rating
rank
Shakhryar Mamedyarov Azerbaijan
2752
7
Ruslan Ponomariov Ukraine
2705
21
Loek van Wely Netherlands
2679
31
Zaven Andriasyan Armenia
2546
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A special feature of this tournament is that the players in the Crown Group have to play with glass pieces.


"This is what you will be playing with, Ruslan!" Zaven Andriasyan explains the Essent rule


Close encounter of a different kind: Ruslan Ponomariov examines the glass pieces


"Can they shatter during a fast capture move?" We don't think so, Ruslan


At least we don't have to play with these pieces!


Top seed Shakhryar Mamedyarov – rated 2752, number seven in the world

After two rounds, Shakriyar Mamedyarov was leading the field with two white game victories against van Wely and Andriasian. In round three he drew with black against Ruslan Ponomariov, who had collected one and a half points in the first two rounds (a white win against Andriasian and a black pieces draw against van Wely). For World Junior Champion Zaven Andriasyan it is hard sailing: he has lost all three games so far.

Standings after three rounds:

Alongside the Crown Group is a strong Open section, containing twelve Grandmasters amongst the 84 players. After four rounds, the lead is held by young Dutch GM Jan Werle, who is the only player on 100%.


Former world championship candidate Vlastimil Hort

Amongst the Open players, special mention should be made of Vlastimil Hort, a Hoogeveen regular. He will reach the chessplayer's magic age of 64 next January. "All my life, I have been advancing at one square per year! I started on a1, and now I am approaching h8! h8, h-Hort!"

Tournament schedule

Date Round Robin Open Group Amateurs
October 12 opening 1st round 1st round
October 13   2nd round 2nd round
October 14 1st round 3th round 3th round
October 15 2nd round 4th round 4th round
October 16 3th round 5th round 5th round
October 17 Rest day 6th round 6th round
October 18 4th round 7th round 7th round
October 19 5th round 8th round 8th round
October 20 6th round 9th round 9th round

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